Universal Pictures wanted a car chase spectacle that would appeal to fans of their FAST & FURIOUS franchise. What director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling (long before he coined the phrase “Kenergy” in Barbie) delivered was something far from that. They made a fairy tale-inspired arthouse thriller with ‘80s vibes, a deliberate pace, and bursts of graphic violence. The film was the 2011 release DRIVE – and it’s time for it to be REVISITED.
“Drive,” directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Ryan Gosling, is a mesmerizing neo-noir film that delves into the world of a stoic and enigmatic Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver. Gosling’s character, simply known as “Driver,” navigates the criminal underworld while forming a connection with his neighbor Irene (played by Carey Mulligan) and her son. The film’s atmospheric cinematography, stylish direction, and pulsating synth-heavy soundtrack accompany the tension-filled narrative, marked by bursts of extreme violence contrasted with quiet, introspective moments. Gosling’s captivating and minimalist performance, coupled with the film’s distinctive visual style, amplifies the brooding and mysterious nature of “Driver” as he grapples with loyalty, revenge, and a longing for connection in a world marked by danger and moral ambiguity.